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Henrietta residents alarmed at burglaries

Henrietta, N.Y. - Residents are alarmed at the number of break-ins and burglaries that have occurred in Henrietta neighborhoods over the last several months.

That's pretty dangerous as far as I'm concerned, Henrietta resident, Gilbert, who did not want to give his last name, said several of his neighbors have been burglarized while they slept.

"Our one neighbor behind us, had a ladder outdoors that folks scaled to a second story window, entered their home with residents inside asleep," said Gilbert.

According to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office, jewelry and electronics were stolen from that home on Pinnacle Road in early September. The burglar or burglars, climbed a ladder to reach an open window on the second floor, sliced the screen and entered the home.

Chief Deputy Drew Forsythe said, "A lot of times in the summer time windows are left open, making it easier access for suspects or burglars to get into."

While the sheriff's office would not release exact numbers, Forsythe said there has been a definite increase in the number if break-ins in parts of Henrietta. According to Forsythe, investigators have also noticed a pattern; burglars cut screens to get inside houses.

"Whether this particular crime pattern is attributed to one person or one group of people is still under investigation," said Forsythe.

Neighbors said they were alarmed and disheartened by the news of the break-ins.

"That is really scary," said Henrietta resident, Lydia Gastin. "You feel violated and you feel like it shouldn't happen, especially in the suburban area like this.

Gastin said she had no idea a home had been broken into on her street. "A note or something would have been nice," Gastin said.

Many neighbors complained that they were not notified about the increase in crime.

Gilbert said, "If we don't know about the problem, we can't help offset the problem."

Gilbert and his wife passed out about 200 flyers to inform residents of the break-ins. They also helped organize a neighborhood watch in their area where people could submit tips and information online.

Supervisor Michael Yudelson organized a Town Hall meeting to address people's concerns about the break-ins Thursday.

"There is obviously a concern and the Captain to going to try and address some of those concerns," Forsythe said.

Officials with the Monroe County Sheriff's Office and the Town of Henrietta will host the meeting at Roth Middle School at 7 p.m. Thursday.

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